Retired Army Major Wins Big in Powerball Drawing

DENVER – Harvey Brown checked his ticket against three different sources just to make sure he had won – the Colorado Lottery Web site, the Sunday newspaper and a local Lottery retailer. The retired Army major from Colorado Springs was stunned when he realized he had matched five numbers and won $400,000 in the Colorado Lottery’s Powerball drawing on May 19.

The winning Powerball numbers from the drawing on Saturday were 3, 19, 21, 26 and 45, with a Powerball number of 2. By matching five numbers, players automatically win $200,000. Since Brown purchased the Power Play option for an extra dollar, he doubled his winnings because the Power Play number drawn that night was 2.

Having played since Powerball was introduced in Colorado in 2001, Brown only wishes that his good fortune had come a few weeks earlier, before his wife had passed away.

“I believe that she must have had a hand in this somehow,” smiled Brown, who is retiring in two weeks from his second career as a controller for a homebuilder. “You can say I’ve been lucky most of my life. I was lucky to have my wife for almost 50 years.”

Brown plans to share his winnings with his two daughters and two sons, one who will be serving a tour of duty in Iraq soon.

R&R Liquor at 1845 Main St. in Colorado Springs sold the winning ticket.

In El Paso County, more than $120 million in Lottery proceeds have helped to improve community facilities, local parks and nature trails such as the Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Fountain Creek Regional Park and Trail and Gossage Youth Sports Complex.

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery’s games - Scratch, Lotto, Powerball and Cash 5 - stay in Colorado to improve the quality of life in the state. In 2006, more than $120 million was returned to Colorado. Since the lottery started in 1983, more than $1.8 billion has been returned to the state.

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May 24, 2007
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